New poll finds a majority of Americans want abortion laws to remain the same

New poll finds a majority of Americans want abortion laws to remain the same

A recent national poll found that 61 percent of U.S. adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. The Pew Research Center survey also found that a majority of Americans believe that “the decision about whether to have an abortion should belong solely to the pregnant woman”.

The findings come weeks after a draft opinion revealed that the Supreme Court plans to dismantle the fundamental right to abortion and overturn nearly 50 years of precedent. If the landmark Roe v. Wade is overturned in the coming weeks, approximately 26 states will ban or severely restrict abortion almost immediately, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

  • In North Carolina, abortion is safe and legal, and even immediately after the Supreme Court issues their final decision, the future of abortion rights here in North Carolina depends on state elected officials.
  • State Democrats have already proposed House Bill 1119 and Senate Bill 888, to protect abortion rights granted in the Roe case in state statute.
  • “We are seeking to maintain existing fundamental rights that have existed since 1973, and to remove other North Carolina restrictive barriers that impede a woman’s health care decisions,” stated Rep. Marcia Morey.

Abortion access is one of several fundamental rights under attack in the U.S., including our right to vote, racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and a host of protections are being targeted.While state Republicans have expressed their intentions to follow their national GOP counterparts in further restricting abortion in North Carolina, Democrats are taking action to ensure the protection of reproductive health freedom that a majority of North Carolinians want.

Alanna Joyner

Stay Informed